MIT’s Zipperbot: The Helpful Robot You Never Knew You Always Wanted…

By: | February 10th, 2015

In today’s day and age, automation is becoming increasingly normal, even expected in everyday life.

Apparently, we are now to the point where even something as simple as zipping and unzipping clothing items needs to be automated, at least according to Adam Whiton and MIT’s Personal Robots Group.

Whiton and his team have successfully created a device called the zipperbot, essentially a hard-working, small, automatic robot zipper.

While the new invention seems like more of a luxury for those who are clumsy and pinch their fingers in zippers, or those who are simply above zipping up their own sweaters, it could come in handy in more futuristic applications.

For example, if we were ever to colonize Mars, precise robo-zippers on spacesuits would be essential as they could reduce human error and ensure maximum safety.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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